One of the biggest pet peeves that I have about our great City, and probably the one thing that I heard the most often on the doorsteps during both recent elections, is that of parking.
We just don't have enough of it. Period. End of story.
Okay, well, maybe it's not that simple, but parking most definitely is the biggest problem in areas like the University, Downtown and around our Hospitals.
So, how do we fix it, you ask?
Well, if you're Michael Fougere, most City Councillors, or part of the Executive Leadership Team at City Hall, you simply jack meter rates up and issue a shit-ton of parking tickets, and enforce the hell out of what limited parking options you actually afford the citizens of this great City. Worse yet, you actually discourage anyone from out of the City to come and visit downtown businesses by ticketing the hell out of them if they dare park 0.1 Metres too far away from a meter, or spend 10 minutes too long in a spot - if they are lucky enough to even find a meter near the business they intend to patronize, that is.
Thankfully, though, since the City jacked the parking meter rates through the roof, there have been plenty of downtown on-street parking spots available. But, if I were a downtown business owner, I'd be raising hell with the Regina Downtown BID and the City of Regina, because these ought to be clear indicators of customers that aren't willing to frequent my establishment because of the inconvenience of parking. These inconveniences aren't an issue in suburbia, so why not just locate my business out there? More and more people are definitely realizing this is the solution, and unfortunately, if we allow the City to keep with the attitude of "it's not my problem", this City is going to realize another ghost town of a Downtown, as we had experienced in the late 90's - early 2000's.
This needs to change.
I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to wait until the situation gets that bad once again before real action is taken to alleviate the situation. That's why, over the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing with you a series of solutions to constructively address our City's parking problems. I'm going to share some personal stories of great residents who have entrusted me with their heart wrenching ordeals of having to deal with a growing number of parking tickets facing jail time, while struggling to put food on the table, thanks to a fixed income and very limited means. I'm going to talk about the upcoming 'narrow streets' review that the City of Regina promised back in March, and has now been delayed indefinitely. I'm going to talk about the parking options for the new Stadium (Mosaic 2.0), and I'm going to talk about ideas that I've been working on during both of the previous elections, and how I plan(ned) to implement them.
In essence, if you want a City Hall that truly listens to you - the taxpayer - and works on common sense solutions, I'm going to be giving you a clear reason why,
in 2020, I'll be the best option to be your next Mayor.
If you want a Mayor that doesn't just cater to big business and developers, I'm your man.
If you want a Mayor that isn't afraid to tackle the big problems head on, look no further.
Let's Do This. 2020.